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God is in the Body.

Last month, my priest LeeAnne asked me to preach at church.  This has, in the past, been a very stressful ask for me – standing in front of people and exposing your most vulnerable insides is really scary.  But this time, she asked me if I would preach about what I do.  What I care about.  What my work is all about.  When do we ever get an opportunity to preach our passion?  To share what we believe to be true with people you care about?  So…here you go.  If you’d rather listen to it, you can click here.  

God is in the BodySt. Mary’s Episcopal Church

The title of today’s sermon is from a bit of today’s Gospel from John – “Joy Made Complete in Themselves”

It’s Easter season still and it’s a wonderful time –SPRING- to take look at Easter in a new way.  How can we bring this story into our own lives?  Instead of looking at the death and resurrection of Jesus…let’s look at our own beautiful selves, our own beautiful bodies…LIVING in our own beautiful bodies.  Resurrecting our connection with this magnificent gift that we have been given.

I start today with a quote from Barbara Brown Taylor – An Altar in the World: ‘The Practice of Wearing Skin, “I’m not sure when Christian tradition lost confidence in the body, but I have some guesses.  Although Jesus was a Jew, many of his earliest interpreters were Greeks, who divided body and soul in ways that he did not.  Descartes did not help matters by opposing nature and reason in his philosophy.  Then along came the Protestant Reformation, with its deep suspicion of physical pleasure, followed by Freud’s dark insights into human sexuality.  Add to that the modern scientific reduction of the body to biological matter, overlaid by Victoria’s Secret ads, and it is small wonder that so many of us are uncomfortable in our flesh.  Yet here we sit, with our souls tucked away in this marvelous luggage, mostly insensible to the ways in which every spiritual practice begins with the body.  Where Christians are concerned, this leaves us in the peculiar position of being followers of the Word Made Flesh who neglect our own flesh or – worse – who treat our bodies with shame and scorn.”

I also read something from yogi Donna Farhi’s book, “The Breathing Book” and she said, “Many of us feel ourselves disconnected from our bodies, often having no more familiarity with the physical frame that carries us than with a remote distant cousin.”

How do you feel about your body?

How do you feel in your body?

Do you wish it were different?

Do you pay any attention to it?

Or do you feel like it is a remote distant cousin?

The body – your body – is always speaking to you.  It tells you the obvious things like, “I have to pee” to “My neck is sore from sleeping funny.”  It tells you when you’re hungry and when you have an itch.

But it also, if you pay closer attention, speaks your feelings to you physically.  Tension from stress.  Hot and sweaty from anger – or passion.  Exhausted from sadness or depression.  Shining from joy and laughter.

The body is a miracle.  It is your miracle.  Every day your body steadfastly does a zillion functions without you having to think about it.  Breathing.  Digesting.  Hormone balancing.  Moving.  Seeing.  Thinking.  Sensing.

It’s a miraculous thing this body.  Tell me, why do you think it is that we ignore this gift?  Why do we not inhabit our bodies?  Why do we disconnect from this miracle, feeling thing? Continue reading